(Photo Credit: Crispina Kemp)
The engine looked straight out of a Lego assemblage. An arresting yellow with a dash of sombre blue. The metal finishing was exquisite and precise to the point of fascination. The “Lord Hinton” was an epitome of perfection. But it was also inscrutable. The 6 axle behemoth popularly known as the SD 70 AC- 4400, and weighing an astonishing 400,000 pounds (a full 200 tons) was not the outcome of hours of labour expended and sweat poured within the confines of an Integral Coach Factory. The engine was a confounding printout. Yes, you read that right, a goddamned printout! Using unimaginatively sophisticated component called ‘supergoop’, a gargantuan printer the size of a two story building swallowed the design of the Lord Hinton, before spitting out a mind blowing replica of the vintage product.
Capitalism rejoiced as 4578 workers mutinied their obsolescence with placards, plaintive calls and even 15 pathetic suicides.
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Written as part of the Crimson’s Creative Challenge #44 More details regarding this challenge may be found HERE.